SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) — A house damaged in Hurricane Andrew is finally being repaired over 20 yeas later.
After two decades, Ileana Garcia is finally getting her roof repaired after Hurricane Andrew sent a pine tree falling onto it.
“All of that came down,” Garcia said while pointing to her ceiling.
Garcia used insurance money to have her roof repaired but the work was very shoddy. For the past 23 years, she has experienced consistent leaks. However, Garcia is now on the way to receiving a new roof.
Garcia is grateful for the new roof. “I don’t want to get emotional but I wouldn’t have been able to do this on my own,” she said. “I have no words to say, you know, how I feel. It’s just incredible. I’m very happy.”
And Garcia doesn’t have to do it on her own thanks to a give-back-to-the-community campaign by South Florida’s T&S Roofing Systems of Miami. The program is called No Roof Left Behind.
“This is an opportunity for employees all to get together for a common cause,” said Louis Toledo, president of T&S Roofing Systems. “It’s been very much a morale booster for our company and I’m very happy, to be able to do it.”
Garcia was nominated for the program by her neighbor and friend Patricia Winters. “Illeana has been my friend and neighbor for about 10 years. As long as I’ve known her, she has been a giver,” Winters said.